Dr James Edwards
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Dr James Edwards

Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences - Microbiology (Education)

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

Lecturer in Biomedical Science - Microbiology (Education)

Qualifications

I joined Peninsula Medical School as a Lecturer in Biomedical Science in 2013 after moving from the University of York where I was a Teaching Fellow. I have worked on a variety of research projects, both in industry and academia, with the most recent studying respiratory processes and growth physiology in pathogenic bacteria. At York I taught on a number of biochemistry modules and supervised undergraduate project students. At Plymouth, my position allows me to focus on teaching our undergraduate medicine and postgraduate physician associate students about various topics in microbiology and treatment of infectious disease. Occasionally I work with other groups of students too. 

I teach with a blend of approaches which you can get a sense from via my Youtube page

BSc (Hons) Microbiology, University of Surrey, 2002

Ph.D, Department of Biology, University of York, 2006

PGCAP, University of Plymouth, 2014

Twitter: @pupsmd_micro

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/je129/featured

Professional membership

Microbiology Society

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Roles on external bodies

  • I currently sit on the Microbiology Society Sustainability committee
  • I co-organised the Microbiology Society 'Teaching Microbiology in Higher Education' symposium at the 2019 and 2021 annual conference
  • I am a member of the 'Keep antimicrobials working' group as part of BSAC, developing antibiotic and antimicrobial stewardship competencies and resources for medical students




Key publications

Edwards J (2018) 'Towards a core set of microbiology teaching and learning concepts for UK medical students' Microbiology Society annual conference Birmingham, UK 4-/-0/20184-/-0/2018
Catenazzi MCE, Jones H, Wallace I, Clifton J, Chong JPJ, Jackson MA, Macdonald S, Edwards J & Moir JWB (2014) 'A large genomic island allows Neisseria meningitidis to utilize propionic acid, with implications for colonization of the human nasopharynx' Mol Microbiol 93, (2) 346-355 Author Site , DOI
Edwards J, Quinn D, Rowbottom K-A, Whittingham JL, Thomson MJ & Moir JWB (2012) 'Neisseria meningitidis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae are differently adapted in the regulation of denitrification: single nucleotide polymorphisms that enable species-specific tuning of the aerobic-anaerobic switch' Biochem J 445, (1) 69-79 Author Site , DOI
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Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

I have teaching interests in medical microbiology, antibiotics, antibiotic resistance and molecular biology. I deliver lectures, year 1 & 2 life science resource centre sessions (small group teaching) and year 3 and 4 teaching in support of these areas. I help organise the Microbiology Educators network as part of the Microbiology society. 


Within the School of Medicine I have several roles:

  • Academic lead for microbiology (Peninsula Medical School)
  • Infection and Immunity theme lead MSc Physician Associate studies
  • Academic tutor BMBS year 1 & 2
  • Pastoral tutor
  • EBL facilitator (BMBS year 1)
  • Co-lead for the year 2 SSU 'Doctor as Educator' with Dr. Karen Johnstone 
  • SSU provider for year 1 and 2 BMBS 
  • I also help organise events as part of our Division of Educational Scholarship with Dr Tracey Collett and Dr Helen Watson










Research

Research

Research interests

All of my research and scholarship is conducted as part of the Division of Educational Scholarship here within the Faculty:

Microbiology and AMR teaching in HE

I am particularly interested in how microbiology is taught nationally, both in science and healthcare curricula. I am interested in identifying difficult to understand topics within microbiology and tailoring teaching to address these areas. I am currently involved in a UK wide study looking to develop antibiotic and antimicrobial competency guidelines for medical students.

Student led mentoring

I am interested in student mentoring, particularly with supporting students to become peer-peer or near-peer mentors.

Currently, we have a mentoring scheme looking at pairing our 5th year and 1st year students. I have been awarded a grant to evaluate this scheme and am co-supervising an MClinEd student who is leading an evaluation of this. 

We are currently developing our alumni network so that 5th year students can be mentored by Peninsula graduates. Medicine alumni are welcome to contact me if you would like to mentor one of our students! 

Study skills support and time usage

I am interested in helping students adapt to university learning and life. As part of this, I have an ongoing project looking to track student time usage in term time to help understand learning behaviours better and the impact of Covid-19 on study habits. This is part of ongoing work to understand how much time medical students have to learn and understand medicine and what can we do to better optimize student support. This project is being led by an MClinEd student. 

Previous interests and internal roles

  • Although not currently active in the laboratory, I still retain an interest in the growth physiology of bacterial pathogens, how they respire and how they regulate the transcription of respiratory genes. I have used in vitro and in vivo approaches in the past to investigate this, including gene cloning, protein over-expression and purification, DNA binding assays, gene knock-outs and reporter gene fusions.
  • I am also interested in how microorganisms respond to environmental pollutants and in detoxification of the environment.
  • Internally I have acted as an adviser to PhD candidates. 


Publications

Publications

Key publications

Edwards J (2018) 'Towards a core set of microbiology teaching and learning concepts for UK medical students' Microbiology Society annual conference Birmingham, UK 4-/-0/20184-/-0/2018
Catenazzi MCE, Jones H, Wallace I, Clifton J, Chong JPJ, Jackson MA, Macdonald S, Edwards J & Moir JWB (2014) 'A large genomic island allows Neisseria meningitidis to utilize propionic acid, with implications for colonization of the human nasopharynx' Mol Microbiol 93, (2) 346-355 Author Site , DOI
Edwards J, Quinn D, Rowbottom K-A, Whittingham JL, Thomson MJ & Moir JWB (2012) 'Neisseria meningitidis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae are differently adapted in the regulation of denitrification: single nucleotide polymorphisms that enable species-specific tuning of the aerobic-anaerobic switch' Biochem J 445, (1) 69-79 Author Site , DOI

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Burr S, Martin T, Edwards J, Ferguson C, Gilbert K, Gray C, Hill A, Hosking J, Johnstone K & Kisielewska J (2021) 'Standard setting anchor statements: a double cross-over trial of two different methods' MedEdPublish 10, (1:32) 1-13 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Aas FE, Li X, Edwards J, Hongrø Solbakken M, Deeudom M, Vik Å, Moir J, Koomey M & Aspholm M (2014) 'Cytochrome c ‐based domain modularity governs genus‐level diversification of electron transfer to dissimilatory nitrite reduction' Environmental Microbiology 17, (6) 2114-2132 , DOI
Catenazzi MCE, Jones H, Wallace I, Clifton J, Chong JPJ, Jackson MA, Macdonald S, Edwards J & Moir JWB (2014) 'A large genomic island allows Neisseria meningitidis to utilize propionic acid, with implications for colonization of the human nasopharynx' Mol Microbiol 93, (2) 346-355 Author Site , DOI
Edwards J, Quinn D, Rowbottom K-A, Whittingham JL, Thomson MJ & Moir JWB (2012) 'Neisseria meningitidis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae are differently adapted in the regulation of denitrification: single nucleotide polymorphisms that enable species-specific tuning of the aerobic-anaerobic switch' Biochem J 445, (1) 69-79 Author Site , DOI
Rylott EL, Jackson RG, Sabbadin F, Seth-Smith HMB, Edwards J, Chong CS, Strand SE, Grogan G & Bruce NC (2011) 'The explosive-degrading cytochrome P450 XplA: biochemistry, structural features and prospects for bioremediation' Biochim Biophys Acta 1814, (1) 230-236 Author Site , DOI
Edwards J, Cole LJ, Green JB, Thomson MJ, Wood AJ, Whittingham JL & Moir JWB (2010) 'Binding to DNA protects Neisseria meningitidis fumarate and nitrate reductase regulator (FNR) from oxygen' J Biol Chem 285, (2) 1105-1112 Author Site , DOI
Seth-Smith HMB, Edwards J, Rosser SJ, Rathbone DA & Bruce NC (2008) 'The Explosive-Degrading Cytochrome P450 System Is Highly Conserved among Strains of Rhodococcus spp' Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74, (14) 4550-4552 , DOI
Rylott EL, Jackson RG, Edwards J, Womack GL, Seth-Smith HMB, Rathbone DA, Strand SE & Bruce NC (2006) 'An explosive-degrading cytochrome P450 activity and its targeted application for the phytoremediation of RDX' Nat Biotechnol 24, (2) 216-219 Author Site , DOI
Conference Papers
Edwards J (2018) 'Towards a core set of microbiology teaching and learning concepts for UK medical students' Microbiology Society annual conference Birmingham, UK 4-/-0/20184-/-0/2018
Edwards J, Beltechi A & Gray C (2018) '’Disease of the returning traveller’ - a flipped classroom approach to tropical medicine teaching in a UK undergraduate medical curriculum' Microbiology Society Birmingham, UK 4-/-0/20184-/-0/2018
Edwards J, Elbeltagi A, Parkes I, Ridha M & Johnstone K (2018) 'Medical student authored microbiology learning resources' Microbiology Society Birmingham, UK 4-/-0/20184-/-0/2018
Hirst G, Edwards J & Beltechi A (2016) '‘Playing your drugs right: Gamification of antibiotic teaching’' Association of Medical Educators in Europe Barcelona, Spain
Cripps A, Hart R, Edwards J, Zahra D & Chatterjee A (2016) 'Personalised recall app for enhancing medical knowledge retention: A pilot study' The Association for Study of Medical Education Annual Conference. Belfast
Hill A, Edwards J & Khalil H (2015) 'A novel staff - student partnership promoting biomedical-clinical science integration within an undergraduate medical program' International Association of Medical Science Educators San Diego, CA, USA 6-/-0/20156-/-0/2015